Crossville’s Convergence Collection Awarded Silver at Best of NeoCon

New Glass Mosaic Line Recognized in Surfacing Materials and Finishes Category

Crossville, Tennessee – Crossville Inc. was recognized with a prestigious Silver Award for its new Convergence Glass Collection at the Best of NeoCon showcase on Monday, June 11, in Chicago at the kickoff breakfast to NeoCon 2018. Honored in the Surfacing Materials and Finishes category, the Convergence Collection is a stunning option for surfacing walls with the look of end-grain wood captured in rich, jewel tones and cast in polished glass mosaics.

“We’re excited that our Convergence collection is recognized as one of the best products at NeoCon. To earn the Silver Level award from an esteemed panel of interior designer and architect judges affirms how unique and innovative this collection is,” said Lindsey Waldrep, Crossville’s vice president of marketing.

The Best of NeoCon competition received 374 product entries in 41 categories and presented 81 awards. The competition is presented by Contract magazine and sponsored by NeoCon and The McMorrow Reports Facility Management & Design Insights. The Best of NeoCon jury is composed of 42 contract interior designers and architects, and corporate, healthcare, and institutional facilities management executives who are responsible for selecting and buying furnishings for their specific organizations.

For more information on the Convergence collection, visit crossvilleinc.com.

Homeowner Guide to Finding a Qualified Tile Installer Now Available from the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation

The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF), which provides education and installer certification for professionals working in the ceramic tile and stone industry, has published a thorough online guide to finding tile installers specifically geared to homeowners.

“Finding a qualified tile installer can be challenging for homeowners who want someone with the experience and knowledge of how to install tile correctly, without taking shortcuts,” said Scott Carothers, director of training and certification for CTEF.  “They deserve an installation that looks beautiful and performs flawlessly long after that installer is gone. Hiring someone with the proper skill level to do it right the first time is critical to the ongoing use of tile products. That’s why we’ve put together this in-depth guide which focuses on the importance and value of using qualified labor.”

Qualified Labor for Tile Installation

Qualified labor refers to having the most qualified professional perform the specified scope of work rather than basing the decision on the lowest price. The lowest price almost always fails to provide a quality installation complete with unmet consumer expectations.

The Tile Council of North America (TCNA) Handbook committee strongly recommends using installers who have demonstrated their commitment to their craft and taken the time to stay current with the latest materials and methods.  Because tile is a permanent finish, the lowest bid should not be the driving factor, but rather who is the most qualified to perform the scope of the work specified.

The Handbook further defines qualified labor as being provided by the following non-profit organizations and programs:

  • The Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT),
  • The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF),
  • The International Masonry Institute (IMI) Contractor College Program,
  • Journeyman Tile Layer Apprenticeship Program,
  • The Marble Institute of America (MIA) Accreditation for Natural Stone Tile Installation Contractors,
  • The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) Five Star Contractors Program,
  • The Tile Contractors’ Association of America (TCAA) Trowel of Excellence Program.

From a technical perspective, qualified labor means having successfully demonstrated a tile installer’s skills that meet tile industry standards and best practices. That is what the Certified Tile Installer (CTI) program does. The CTI designation identifies the professional installer who has reached a level of proficiency to independently and consistently produce a sound tile installation that displays good workmanship. It is the only third-party assessment of tile experience and knowledge.

Certified Tile Installers routinely demonstrate the knowledge, skill, experience, time management abilities and other traits needed to produce high-quality, long-lasting, successful installations using tile industry standards and methods along with time-tested proven best practices which are in place in the United States.

An In-depth Resource Available in Two Formats

The CTEF Homeowner Guide to Finding a Qualified Tile Installer is available online in two formats:

  • A 31-page pdf document that can be downloaded and read
  • An in-depth web page that can easily be read and/or scanned regardless of device whenever it’s needed.

All visuals in the guide represent actual Certified Tile Installer (CTI) installations.

The Certified Tile Installer Program

The CTEF Certified Tile Installer (CTI) program is the only third-party assessment of installer skill and knowledge which is recognized by the tile industry. It offers homeowners peace-of-mind that their tile installer has the right skills to complete a successful tile installation.

The CTI designation identifies the professional installer who has reached a level of proficiency to independently and consistently produce a sound tile installation that displays good workmanship. Certification is the validation of the skills and knowledge of the men and women who presently are installing tile successfully in the United States.

To qualify for the CTI Program, installers must have at least two years of experience as the lead installer setting ceramic tile on a full-time basis. This means having full responsibility for substrate prep, layout, coordinating with other trades along with properly installing underlayment, tile, grout and sealant materials.

The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) which sponsors the CTI program is supported by all segments of the ceramic tile industry. CTEF is headquartered in Pendleton, South Carolina, near Clemson University and near the offices of the Tile Council of North America (TCNA).

To access the guide, please visit https://www.ceramictilefoundation.org/homeowners-guide-to-hiring-qualified-tile-installer.

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About the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation

The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) provides training education and installer certification for professionals working in the ceramic tile and stone industry. Certification programs include the CTEF Certified Tile Installer (CTI) program which is the only third-party assessment of installer skill and knowledge to be recognized by the tile industry, and the Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT). For more information, visit https://www.ceramictilefoundation.org.

Follow CTEF on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ctilef, on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CeramicTileEducationFoundation/, and on Google+: https://plus.google.com/+CeramictilefoundationOrg

Modomo announces the winners of its Coverings 18 promotion.

The company celebrates a successful launch of Modomo Tiles at Coverings 18.

Coconut Creek, FL, June 7, 2018 – Modomo is proud to announce a successful launch of the brand, Modomo, and the winners of Modomo’s door prizes at Coverings 18.  A trip for two to Italy was the first prize of the drawing. Second and third prizes were awarded also.

John and Kelly Naramore of Triangle Tile won Modomo Tile’s Trip to Italy at Coverings 18.

John and Kelli Naramore of Triangle Tile of Raleigh, NC are the proud winners of the Trip to Italy furnished by Modomo Tiles.  John and Kelly said, “We are so excited to be going to Italy. We couldn’t be happier than doing business with Modomo Tiles!”

Runners up included:  Louis Rutigliano of Classic Tile & Marble of NY, winner of the 2nd prize—a smartphone—and Paul Merola of Merola Tile NY, winner of the 3rd prize—an UHD 55” LED TV.

Scott Alpert, Modomo’s Managing Partner, is very pleased with the great success Coverings 18 was for Modomo’s official launch.  Scott said, “From being in the tile industry for almost 37 years, I was very pleased with the exposure and business Modomo received as a result of the show.”

Modomo is a U.S.-based holding company, run by industry veterans, providing the finest Italian tile to the U.S. and Canadian markets. Partnering with one of the most successful Italian tile manufacturers, Modomo is committed to providing beautiful collections and superior sales and training support together with aggressive pricing models.

 

 

wedi North America Celebrates Official Factory Grand Opening in the United States

BATAVIA, IL, June 8, 2018 – wedi North America celebrated the official factory grand opening along with a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the landmark event. wedi management and staff, local and state officials, and wedi customers, partners and supporters attended the ceremony. Guests also had the chance to tour wedi’s new state of the art production facility on American soil.

Stephan Wedi, Managing Partner of the wedi Group, cuts the ribbon on the new facility in Batavia, Ill.

The new facility serves as both a corporate office and factory, which has created a substantial number of new jobs for the local community. Celebrating the start of domestic production, wedi management continues on its path to implement its defined growth and internationalization strategy which includes this investment in wedi quality products proudly made in the USA. The production capacity is designed to cover the demand in the North American regions in the coming years.

The new facility serves as both a corporate office and factory, which has created a substantial number of new jobs for the local community.

The wedi German and North American Management Team proudly display wedi Building Panel – Engineered in Germany, Made in the USA.

Bastian Lohmann, wedi North America’s Director, reflects on wedi’s new venture in the U.S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The opening of the US production line compounds wedi’s commitment to this industry, the North American market and the US economy. Stephan Wedi, Managing Partner of the wedi Group states “The local production of building panels, is aimed at significantly increasing our local competitiveness in the market place and the securing of a most dependable supply chain safety for our customers in the North American market”

Reflecting on wedi’s new venture in the US, Bastian Lohmann, wedi North America’s Director comments, “Here in the upper American Midwest we not only found the environment for state of the art production, the people and technology needed, but also the vendors for raw material and complementary product. We are proud that we have them with us, we are proud of what we make, and we are extremely competitive with any other product – no matter where it’s made.”

About wedi

wedi GmbH, based in Emsdetten, is the leading manufacturer and supplier of construction products designed for tiled wet room and shower systems, including tileable, watertight tile backer building panels and prefabricated shower systems in Europe and North- America. With innovative system solutions and guaranteed system reliability, wedi today offers globally sustainable complete solutions for wet rooms. The family company, founded in 1983 by Helmut Wedi, today employs around 400 members of staff and is active in more than 30 countries.

 

 

Knauf and USG Agree to Transaction at $44 Per Share in Cash

Provides Knauf with Lasting Presence in North American Wallboard and Ceilings;
Enhances USG’s Position Worldwide

USG’s Headquarters to Remain in Chicago

IPHOFEN, Germany & CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Gebr. Knauf KG (“Knauf”) and USG Corporation (NYSE:USG) (“USG”) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which Knauf will acquire all of the outstanding shares of USG in a transaction valued at approximately $7.0 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, USG shareholders will receive $44.00 per share, which consists of $43.50 per share in cash payable upon closing of the transaction and a $0.50 per share special dividend that would be paid following shareholder approval of the transaction. The price represents a premium of 31% to USG’s unaffected closing price of $33.51 and a 36% premium to the $32.36 average closing price for the preceding 12-month period, both as of March 23, 2018, and a multiple of approximately 11.6x USG’s adjusted EBITDA for the 12 months ended March 31, 2018. The transaction was unanimously approved by USG’s Board of Directors. Berkshire Hathaway has agreed to vote its shares in favor of the transaction. As of June 11, 2018, Berkshire Hathaway and its subsidiaries owns approximately 31% of the issued and outstanding shares of USG.

The combined company results in a global building materials industry leader that will maximize Knauf and USG’s highly complementary businesses, products and global footprint to better meet the needs of both companies’ end-market customers. Following the close of the transaction, USG will continue to be managed locally in the United States, and Knauf intends to maintain USG’s existing corporate headquarters in Chicago as well as its facilities in North America.

Alexander Knauf, General Partner of Knauf, said, “We are excited to enter into an agreement to acquire USG. As a long-term USG shareholder, we greatly admire USG’s strong brands, leading market positions in North American wallboard and ceilings and highly talented employee base. We look forward to building on USG’s strong presence in North America.”

“As a family-owned company with a long-term focused business outlook, we believe Knauf is the ideal partner for the business as we intend to make significant investments in USG’s operations and its people,” added Manfred Grundke, General Partner of Knauf. “Our long-term investments will benefit all of USG’s stakeholders, including employees, customers and suppliers.”

Jennifer Scanlon, president and chief executive officer of USG, said, “Our Board has worked diligently to evaluate all strategic options to maximize value for our shareholders, and we are pleased to have reached this agreement which provides our shareholders with significant and certain cash value. We believe this transaction will create new opportunities for both companies’ customers and will benefit USG’s employees who will be part of a truly global building products company. Alexander, Manfred and their team have made clear their high regard for our team, and we are confident that Knauf will help to ensure the long-term success of USG’s operations, brands and employees.”

The transaction is expected to close in early 2019, subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals and approval by USG shareholders.

The transaction is not subject to any financing conditions. The transaction will be financed from existing cash and committed debt financing.

Morgan Stanley Bank AG is serving as the exclusive financial advisor to Knauf, and Baker McKenzie LLP, Shearman & Sterling LLP and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are acting as legal counsel to Knauf. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC are serving as financial advisors to USG, and Jones Day is acting as legal counsel to USG.

Construction Wages: skilled workers command higher pay

Business Tip – June 2018

In the TileLetter Weekly digital enewsletter disseminated on March 7, 2018, a recent study of wage data from the American Community Survey (ACS), analyzed by author Sasha David and published on BuildZoom (buildzoom.com) caused quite a stir. The analysis of the study was to determine which jobs pay the most – and the least – and why. The full story, with supporting charts and tables, can be found at http://tileletter.com/2018/02/construction-wages-who-makes-the-most-and-where/ or at http://bit.ly/2oqMLeO or at BuildZoom at http://bit.ly/2osxF8B.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) charts annual mean wage by area.

The controversy centered around the statistics that show concrete and terrazzo workers in this study make $35,000/year and brick masons, block masons and stone masons – as well as carpet, floor and tile installers and finishers make $30,000/year – which are said to be a far cry from elevator installers and repairers at $80,000 annually, or construction and building inspectors at $55,000. 

The upshot of the story was that location (workers in urban centers generally command higher wages than those in rural settings) and the skill/training level of the workers are the two main factors in higher paying positions, which David attributed to roles like supervisors, engineers and inspectors. 

The BLS statistics paint a different picture of tile and marble setter wages.

However, some TileLetter Weekly readers took umbrage at how tile setters were characterized and how figures may have been obtained including small sample sizes (15 for cement, concrete and terrazzo workers, 19 each for brick masons, block masons and stonemasons and carpet, floor and tile finishers and installers).

Rod Owen

“I dislike this occupational study and the way they group tile setters in with carpet/flooring. It requires greater skill to be a hard tile setter than it does to be a resilient/carpet installer,” said Rod Owen, of NTCA Five Star Contractor C.C. Owen in Jonesboro, Ga. “In fact, the word ‘installer’ irritates me because it associates a tile setter with a less-skilled trade of simply installing products rather than having to perform precision work with less forgiving materials like tile and stone…If all I had to offer was a median of $30k after achieving tile setter status I might as well quit trying to find long-term stable employees.”

Skill makes a difference

David did make the point that skilled “blue collar” positions also can bring in more robust salaries, but she did not identify tile setters as part of that elite group. 

“People tend to associate white-collar or office jobs with higher salaries compared to blue-collar or manual labor, but the rankings show that this is not necessarily the case,” she said. “Working with elevators or boilers requires physical work, but these are among the highest paid jobs in the industry.”

David pointed out, “The highest-paying occupations often require specialized apprenticeships, licenses or certifications that demonstrate an understanding of the trade and command a premium in the market, such as a grounding in mechanics for elevator technicians, circuitry for electricians, or water systems for boilermakers. Of course, licensing can also serve as a means for controlling the number of people practicing and by reducing the supply of those tradesmen, increase their wages.

“Towards the bottom of the list are trades that generally have lower barriers to entry,” she said, adding fuel to the fire. “Floor installers, construction laborers, drywall installers, painters and roofers are listed on the Bureau of Labor Statistics as having ‘no formal education credentials’ required, while professions with average pay including pipelayers, sheet metal workers, glaziers, insulation workers, and carpenters typically require ‘a high school diploma or equivalent.’”

Woody Sanders

Woody Sanders, founder of D.W. Sanders Tile & Stone Contracting in Marietta, Ga., a fellow NTCA Five Star Contractor, took exception to the way tile contractors were characterized, saying, “We should highlight and make the case for what the professional ‘TILE’ contractors are paying and doing. I would agree with Rod, we have to detach our trade from carpet, vinyl, LVT. I understand that some of our members are in the floor covering business, but that is neither our charter nor our trade. Our message should be clear that we are a highly skilled trade that offers a career path.

“Interesting enough, as I got [the digital enewsletter], I was entering the pay rate for a new hire,” he added. “Having no experience, knowing nothing about the tile, I started him in the high $20Ks, with a chance to go even higher once he makes it out of his probationary period.” 

Varying statistics

In fact, The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) page of the U.S. Department of Labor states the median pay for flooring installers and tile and marble setters in May 2017 was $40,250 per year and $19.35 per hour, quite a difference than the BuildZoom study. These figures, from the BLS Occupational Employment Statistics survey, exceed $37,690 – the median pay for all workers in that time period.

Further analysis of the BLS data paints a different picture from the BuildZoom story. In May 2017, the BLS said tile and marble setters brought in a median wage of $41,680, compared to carpet installers at $38,830, floor layers (except carpet, wood and hard tiles) at $40,040 and floor sanders and finishers at $36,950. The lowest 10% of earners in the flooring installers and tile and marble setters category (which the government does lump together) made less than $23,590 and the highest 10% earned more than $73,990. 

Training

As part of its occupational analysis, the BLS includes a section called “How to Become a Flooring Installer or Tile and Marble Setter” at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/tile-and-marble-setters.htm#tab-4 or https://bit.ly/2rf5RoM. In terms of education – as David pointed out – the BLS states, “There are no specific education requirements for someone to become a flooring installer or tile and marble setter. A high school diploma or equivalent is preferred for those entering an apprenticeship program. High school art, math, and vocational courses are considered helpful for flooring installers and tile and marble setters.” 

However, the BLS continues in its training section with information about on-the-job training for flooring installers and tile and marble setters, adding that some flooring installers and tile and marble setters learn their trade via a two-to –four year apprenticeship. 

“This instruction may include mathematics, building code requirements, safety and first-aid practices, and blueprint reading,” the section states. “After completing an apprenticeship program, flooring installers and tile and marble setters are considered to be journey workers and may perform duties on their own.”

And certification programs figure prominently in the BLS’s Certification section, which names industry programs that test installer and setter skills and offer certification credentials. At the top of the list is the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation and the Certified Tile Installer (CTI) certification, and the Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) program and requirements for taking the exam:

“Certification requirements include passing both an exam and a field test,” the site states. “Workers must also have either completed a qualified apprenticeship program or earned the CTI Certification to qualify for testing.” The program offers certifications in seven specific areas of tile installation:

  • Grouts
  • Large-format tile and substrate preparation
  • Membranes
  • Mortar (mud) floors
  • Mortar (mud) walls
  • Shower receptors
  • Thin porcelain tile.

The site also names voluntary certification programs for floor finishers and sanders by the NWFA, CFI’s certification for flooring and tile installers and the INSTALL comprehensive flooring certification program for flooring and tile installers. 

Important qualities that flooring installers and tile and marble setters need to exhibit are also listed, which include: color vision, customer-service skills, detail oriented, math skills, physical stamina and physical strength. 

So while it is true that anyone can enter the field without formal training, there is more than a nod given to certification programs, skill credentialing for skills of installers and setters and specialized qualities that enable them to execute their jobs. 

Bart Bettiga

“These products are not meant to be put in by an untrained workforce,” said Bart Bettiga, NTCA Executive Director. “Tile and stone are most often selected because they are considered to be a permanent finish. For this to be the case, we need to have a highly trained and highly compensated workforce.

“For the past several years, the NTCA has been developing its online apprenticeship curriculum,” he added. “We have worked with several of our members to help them use this educational tool to recruit new people into the trade and to train their current staff. It is our hope that this program can be integrated with supervised and field-related training.

“The reason this is so important is that we believe that tile installation is a highly skilled craft that takes several years to master,” Bettiga continued. “Why is this important? Because we have a big job to do, and it is perfectly illustrated in this paper. We must raise the wages of our trained tile installers if we are going to recruit talented young people into our trade. We cannot continue to be grouped with other flooring trades that quite frankly are not as complex, nor do they take as long to master. Tile installers should be making wages like other trades that are considered to be highly skilled.”

Clearly, CTIs, ACT-certified tile setters and NTCA Five Star Contractors exhibit “the specialized apprenticeships, licenses or certifications that demonstrate an understanding of the trade and command a premium in the market” that David indicated is a prerequisite for higher wages. Getting the word out to end users to look for those craftspeople with credentialed skills is an ongoing initiative in this industry.

NTCA takes training opportunities to the next level

Editor’s Letter – June 2018

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby


Well, you’ve made it to the halfway point of the year. Congratulate yourself that you are still above ground and hopefully making a good living in a profession you enjoy. So many are not, including a much-beloved icon of our industry, Armen Tavy, the irrepressible inventor and founder of Tavy Enterprises LLC. Read a bit about his impact on the industry and his legacy in this issue.

Last month, there was SO much to see at the Coverings show. We at TileLetter and NTCA were posting from the show on Facebook and Twitter with #ntcaatcoverings18, so if you frequent these social media outlets, see what was hopping in Atlanta. For the rest of you, we’ve provided an overview of many of the happenings at Coverings and a smattering of the kaleidoscope of products we saw there. By the way, it was wonderful to meet with so many of you in Atlanta! It made my heart sing! Remember to add Coverings to your 2019 schedule – April 9-13, in Orlando, and let’s visit again, among the rest of the excitement and education the show offers!

Though training and education has always been part of NTCA’s charter, NTCA is taking these opportunities to the next level with the Members Only Regional Training Program instituted this year, and the ongoing network of free workshops that crisscross the country. Get a bird’s eye view of these offerings in both our new Training & Education section with Connie Heinlein’s “Riding Shotgun,” and the NTCA University Update story that details our Members Only Regional Training opportunities. 

The respirable crystalline silica issue is not going away, and compliance with OSHA’s recently established regulation safeguards workers’ health – and keeps your operations legal. Learn more about this issue in our Tech Talk section where we view some of the information presented by iQ Power Tools’ Joel Guth during a Coverings conference session.

How lucrative is tile setting anyway, and how does it compare with other trades? Take a look at our Wage Study story in Business Tip. Input and feedback are welcome! 

Finally, our Hot Topics section addresses the next generation of tile setters. Thanks to Dave Clark over at the Global Tile Posse Facebook Group, an interesting discussion recently ensued about teaching offspring the trade – how early do you start, what kinds of tools do you let them use, and the like. Drop in and see how knowledge of our trade is being passed on to the next generation. 

We’re right on the cusp of summer. What major projects do you have on the roster? We’re always looking for great case studies with before/after photography, so if you’ve got something you’d like to crow about, send it to me at the email below!

God bless,
Lesley
[email protected]

Installation Experience: contrasting the results of skilled and qualified labor

The Installation Experience debuted this year at Coverings. Conceived by the NTCA and CTEF and spearheaded by CTEF’s Scott Carothers, NTCA’s Mark Heinlein and brought to life by scores of hardworking volunteers, it sought to demonstrate the quality difference between work done by qualified labor such at Certified Tile Installers or those with Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers credentials, and unskilled labor.

The Hall of Failures showed the results of installations done by unskilled labor.

Another example of failed installation in the Hall of Failures.

Bad lippage can result when installers don’t follow methods and standards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The “experience” was a self-guided journey through identical installations in the Hall of Failures and the Hall of Excellence that demonstrated the industry-approved ways to execute an installation and the results of an unskilled install. The comparison was supported by photographs.

Beautiful results from qualified labor.

Another example of an expertly-done installation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Installers and Regional Evaluators on hand to answer questions about the CTI and ACT exams.

Regional Evaluators, NTCA State Ambassadors and other volunteers answered questions about CTI and ACT exams.

CTEF’s Scott Carothers (R) answers questions from visitors to the Installation Experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two teams of Certified Tile Installers also participated in an install-off  called the CTI Challenge where they competed in time and skill while installing identical vignettes.

Two teams of Certified Tile Installers faced off to install a vignette in the Construction Zone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Installation Experience concluded with the “At Home with Tile” theater where time-lapse video highlighting various construction stages immersed visitors with inspiring and educational projects, and visitors could view beautiful, functional room settings, with expertly installed tile.

Functional bathroom backsplash with Sideview glass from Crossville.

Cutaway view of a gauged porcelain tile panel install over existing brick.

Installation Experience Kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designers, contractors collaborate on Installation Design Showcase Tiny House projects

The reprise of the Tiny House Installation Design Showcase for Coverings 18 featured three tiny houses that paired top designers and NTCA Five Star Contractors to develop and design the look and concept and bring it to life on the show floor.

The three tiny houses included:

Smart Modern Living – designed by Jeffrey Baker of Jeffrey Bruce Baker Designs and installed by D.W. Sanders Tile & Stone Contracting. Clean lines and and open layout characterized the space. Estima Ceramica provided the tile and LATICRETE donated the setting materials and backerboards.

 

Jeffrey Baker (L) with Woody Sanders and Alena Capra at the Smart Modern Living tiny home.

 

The DW Sanders Tile & Stone crew.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxe Cottage – designed by Brittney Ferren of The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry and installed by Visalia Ceramic Tile, the space is geared to the imagined needs of a young, retired couple seeking a luxurious mountainside getaway that features tile on walls, countertops, shelving and built furniture. Ceramics of Italy supplied tile, MAPEI donated setting materials and Schluter provided backerboards.

 

Visalia’s Sam Bruce with designer Brittney Ferren (C) and Alena Capra at the Luxe Cottage tiny home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Visalia Ceramic Tile crew.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CG Villa – is the signature contemporary tiny home designed by Rita Carson Guest, FASID, of Carson Guest. Installed by J&R Tile, the space features gauged porcelain tile panels to keep the weight — and the look of the space light and spacious. Crossville Inc., provided tile with installation materials from ARDEX and backer board from wedi.

Alena Capra with J&R Tile’s Erin Albrecht (C) and Rita Carson Guest at the CG Villa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For full details regarding the Coverings Installation Design Showcase, visit coverings.com/IDS.

 

NTCA Members Receive Prestigious Awards at Coverings 2018

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), the world’s largest tile contractor association, announced the names of its members who were recent recipients of key industry awards at Coverings Installation and Design Awards (CID) Ceremony in Atlanta, GA.

The Coverings Rock Stars  – an Emerging Leaders Program – honors the best and brightest young talent in the tile and stone industry. Since its conception, the program has recognized dozens of young leaders who have connected at Coverings through mentorship and networking opportunities. The program underscores Coverings’ mission to support the growth and success of the industry by recognizing top-notch talent and fostering networking and educational opportunities.

The three individuals recognized are strong supporters and members of the Association:

 

  • Triniti Vigil of J&R Tile, San Antonio, TX

 

      • Ceramic Tile Education Foundation – Certified Tile Installer Program Regional Evaluator
      • Bi-Lingual leader mentoring apprentices in J&R Tile’s Department of Labor approved program

 

  • Cameron Proctor of David Allen Company, Raleigh, NC

 

      • Project Manager for the David Allen Company at just age 34; recording over 2 million square feet of tile and stone projects
      • Both industry educator and student, continuously developing his and others’ technical expertise on a variety of products and projects

 

  • Jason McDaniel of Stoneman Construction LLC, Portland, OR

 

    • Nominated by a record 11 industry leaders for the Rock Star Award
    • Founder of Global Tile Posse Network; avid NTCA supporter and philanthropist with the Wounded Warrior Projects in Oregon

Four NTCA Members were among those selected as winners of the Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards, which honors exceptional design and installation of tile and stone in the categories of residential stone, residential tile, commercial stone and commercial tile.

A panel of judges consisting of ​editors, designers and industry professionals evaluated ​all ​submissions​.​

The NTCA congratulates the following members for being recognized for their outstanding accomplishments:

  • Camarata Masonry Systems of Houston, TX –Commercial Stone Installation winner
  • California Tile Installers of Cupertino, CA – Grand Prize winner for Commercial Tile Installation
  • Columbia River Tile & Stone of Portland, OR –Residential Stone Installation winner
  • Tile Design by (Nadine) Edelstein of Seattle, WA –Residential Tile Installation winner

“On behalf of the board members and staff of the NTCA, we applaud all of the award winners, both seasoned veterans​ and ​those ‘​up​-​and​-​coming,​’​” stated Bart Bettiga​, NTCA’s Executive Director. “As our Association moves forward with its efforts to educate and train for the future, these accomplishments solidify what wonderful career accomplishments can be attained.”

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NTCA is a non-profit trade association serving every segment of the industry, spearheading education for the professional installation of ceramic tile, natural stone and allied products.  For more information, please contact NTCA executive director Bart Bettiga at [email protected], via telephone at (601) 939-2071, or visit www.tile-assn.com.

 

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